Weekend Project

We mentioned yesterday that outside of Travis Outlaw (and he's on the bubble) the Blazers have retained nobody from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 drafts.  Hindsight is 20-20 but we're going to give you the benefit of it.  Here's the project:

The 2002-2004 drafts are listed in their entirety below.  (Click at the bottom of the post to see them.)  Using only our first-round picks build the team we should have drafted.  This is not supposed to be an exercise in picking the best stat players.  Anybody can do that.  Really build a team that makes sense as a unit along with the other players we have and tell us why.

Again, use only our FIRST ROUND picks and make them in the same spot we actually drafted!  The second rounds of each draft are listed only for reference.  You are free to use our first rounders to select anyone who fell to the second round.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

2002 Draft

Round 1

  1. Houston Rockets Yao Ming  
  2. Chicago Bulls Jay Williams
  3. Golden State Warriors Mike Dunleavy
  4. Memphis Grizzlies Drew Gooden
  5. Denver Nuggets Nikoloz Tskitishvili  
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers Dajuan Wagner
  7. New York Knickerbockers Nene Hilario  
  8. Los Angeles Clippers Chris Wilcox
  9. Phoenix Suns Amare Stoudemire  
  10. Miami Heat Caron Butler
  11. Washington Wizards Jared Jeffries
  12. Los Angeles Clippers Melvin Ely
  13. Milwaukee Bucks Marcus Haislip
  14. Indiana Pacers Fred Jones
  15. Houston Rockets Bostjan Nachbar  
  16. Philadelphia 76ers Jiri Welsch  
  17. Washington Wizards Juan Dixon
  18. Orlando Magic Curtis Borchardt
  19. Utah Jazz Ryan Humphrey
  20. Toronto Raptors Kareem Rush
  21. Portland Trail Blazers Qyntel Woods  
  22. Phoenix Suns Casey Jacobsen
  23. Detroit Pistons Tayshaun Prince
  24. New Jersey Nets Nenad Krstic  
  25. Denver Nuggets Frank Williams
  26. San Antonio Spurs John Salmons
  27. Los Angeles Lakers Chris Jefferies
  28. Sacramento Kings Dan Dickau
Round 2
  1. Golden State Warriors Steve Logan
  2. Chicago Bulls Roger Mason
  3. Memphis Grizzlies Robert Archibald
  4. Denver Nuggets Vincent Yarbrough
  5. Milwaukee Bucks Dan Gadzuric
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers Carlos Boozer
  7. New York Knickerbockers Milos Vujanic  
  8. Atlanta Hawks David Andersen  
  9. Houston Rockets Tito Maddox
  10. Washington Wizards Rod Grizzard
  11. Washington Wizards Juan Carlos Navarro  
  12. Los Angeles Clippers Mario Kasun  
  13. Milwaukee Bucks Ronald Murray
  14. Portland Trail Blazers Jason Jennings
  15. Chicago Bulls Lonny Baxter
  16. Philadelphia 76ers Sam Clancy
  17. Memphis Grizzlies Matt Barnes
  18. Utah Jazz Jamal Sampson
  19. Milwaukee Bucks Chris Owens
  20. Seattle Supersonics Peter Fehse  
  21. Boston Celtics Darius Songaila
  22. Portland Trail Blazers Federico Kammerichs  
  23. Minnesota Timberwolves Marcus Taylor
  24. Miami Heat Rasual Butler  
  25. New Jersey Nets Tamar Slay
  26. Dallas Mavericks Mladen Sekularac  
  27. San Antonio Spurs Luis Scola  
  28. San Antonio Spurs Randy Holcomb
  29. Sacramento Kings Corsley Edwards
2003 Draft

Round 1

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James  
  2. Detroit Pistons Darko Milicic  
  3. Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony
  4. Toronto Raptors Chris Bosh
  5. Miami Heat Dwyane Wade  
  6. Los Angeles Clippers Chris Kaman
  7. Chicago Bulls Kirk Hinrich
  8. Milwaukee Bucks T.J. Ford
  9. New York Knickerbockers Mike Sweetney
  10. Washington Wizards Jarvis Hayes
  11. Golden State Warriors Mickael Pietrus  
  12. Seattle Supersonics Nick Collison
  13. Memphis Grizzlies Marcus Banks
  14. Seattle Supersonics Luke Ridnour
  15. Orlando Magic Reece Gaines
  16. Boston Celtics Troy Bell  
  17. Phoenix Suns Zarko Cabarkapa  
  18. New Orleans Hornets David West
  19. Utah Jazz Aleksandar Pavlovic  
  20. Boston Celtics Dahntay Jones  
  21. Atlanta Hawks Boris Diaw  
  22. New Jersey Nets Zoran Planinic  
  23. Portland Trail Blazers Travis Outlaw  
  24. Los Angeles Lakers Brian Cook
  25. Detroit Pistons Carlos Delfino  
  26. Minnesota Timberwolves Ndudi Ebi  
  27. Memphis Grizzlies Kendrick Perkins  
  28. San Antonio Spurs Leandro Barbosa  
  29. Dallas Mavericks Josh Howard
Round 2
  1. New York Knickerbockers Maciej Lampe  
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers Jason Kapono
  3. Los Angeles Lakers Luke Walton
  4. Miami Heat Jerome Beasley
  5. Los Angeles Clippers Sofoklis Schortsanitis  
  6. Milwaukee Bucks Szymon Szewczyk  
  7. Chicago Bulls Mario Austin
  8. Atlanta Hawks Travis Hansen
  9. Washington Wizards Steve Blake
  10. New York Knickerbockers Slavko Vranes  
  11. Golden State Warriors Derrick Zimmerman
  12. Seattle Supersonics Willie Green
  13. Orlando Magic Zaza Pachulia  
  14. Milwaukee Bucks Keith Bogans
  15. Houston Rockets Malick Badiane  
  16. Chicago Bulls Matt Bonner
  17. Denver Nuggets Sani Becirovic  
  18. Utah Jazz Maurice Williams
  19. New Orleans Hornets James Lang  
  20. Indiana Pacers James Jones
  21. Philadelphia 76ers Paccelis Morlende  
  22. New Jersey Nets Kyle Korver
  23. Toronto Raptors Remon Van de Hare  
  24. Chicago Bulls Tommy Smith
  25. Portland Trail Blazers Nedzad Sinanovic  
  26. Minnesota Timberwolves Rick Rickert
  27. Boston Celtics Brandon Hunter
  28. Dallas Mavericks Xue Yuyang  
  29. Detroit Pistons Andreas Gliniadakis  
2004 Draft
  1. Orlando Magic Dwight Howard  
  2. Charlotte Bobcats Emeka Okafor
  3. Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon
  4. Los Angeles Clippers Shaun Livingston  
  5. Washington Wizards Devin Harris
  6. Atlanta Hawks Josh Childress
  7. Phoenix Suns Luol Deng
  8. Toronto Raptors Rafael Araujo
  9. Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala
  10. Cleveland Cavaliers Luke Jackson
  11. Golden State Warriors Andris Biedrins  
  12. Seattle Supersonics Robert Swift  
  13. Portland Trail Blazers Sebastian Telfair  
  14. Utah Jazz Kris Humphries
  15. Boston Celtics Al Jefferson  
  16. Utah Jazz Kirk Snyder
  17. Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith  
  18. New Orleans Hornets J.R. Smith  
  19. Miami Heat Dorell Wright  
  20. Denver Nuggets Jameer Nelson
  21. Utah Jazz Pavel Podkolzine  
  22. New Jersey Nets Viktor Khryapa  
  23. Portland Trail Blazers Sergei Monia  
  24. Boston Celtics Delonte West
  25. Boston Celtics Tony Allen
  26. Sacramento Kings Kevin Martin
  27. Los Angeles Lakers Sasha Vujacic  
  28. San Antonio Spurs Beno Udrih  
  29. Indiana Pacers David Harrison
Round 2
  1. Orlando Magic Anderson Varejao  
  2. Chicago Bulls Jackson Vroman
  3. Washington Wizards Peter John Ramos  
  4. Los Angeles Clippers Lionel Chalmers
  5. Atlanta Hawks Donta Smith
  6. Seattle Supersonics Andre Emmett
  7. Orlando Magic Antonio Burks
  8. Atlanta Hawks Royal Ivey
  9. Chicago Bulls Chris Duhon  
  10. Toronto Raptors Albert Miralles  
  11. Boston Celtics Justin Reed
  12. Seattle Supersonics David Young
  13. Atlanta Hawks Viktor Sanikidze  
  14. New York Knickerbockers Trevor Ariza  
  15. New Orleans Hornets Tim Pickett
  16. Charlotte Bobcats Bernard Robinson
  17. Portland Trail Blazers Ha Seung-Jin  
  18. Miami Heat Pape Sow
  19. Sacramento Kings Ricky Minard
  20. Memphis Grizzlies Sergei Lishouk  
  21. Dallas Mavericks Vassilis Spanoulis  
  22. New Jersey Nets Christian Drejer
  23. San Antonio Spurs Romain Sato
  24. Miami Heat Matt Freije  
  25. Detroit Pistons Rickey Paulding
  26. Houston Rockets Luis Flores
  27. Los Angeles Lakers Marcus Douthit
  28. San Antonio Spurs Sergei Karaulov  
  29. Minnesota Timberwolves Blake Stepp
  30. Indiana Pacers Rashad Wright
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